Inspiration

Although each of us came from different backgrounds, we each share similar experiences/challenges during our high school years: it was extremely hard to visualize difficult concepts, much less understand the the various complex interactions. This was most prominent in chemistry, where 3D molecular models were simply nonexistent, and 2D visualizations only served to increase confusion. Sometimes, teachers would use a combination of Styrofoam balls, toothpicks and pens to attempt to demonstrate, yet despite their efforts, there was very little effect. Thus, we decided to make an application which facilitates student comprehension by allowing them to take a picture of troubling text/images and get an interactive 3D augmented reality model.

What it does

The app is split between two interfaces: one for text visualization, and another for diagram visualization. The app is currently functional solely with Chemistry, but can easily be expanded to other subjects as well.

If the text visualization is chosen, an in-built camera pops up and allows the user to take a picture of the body of text. We used Google's ML-Kit to parse the text on the image into a string, and ran a NLP algorithm (Rapid Automatic Keyword Extraction) to generate a comprehensive flashcard list. Users can click on each flashcard to see an interactive 3D model of the element, zooming and rotating it so it can be seen from every angle. If more information is desired, a Wikipedia tab can be pulled up by swiping upwards.

If diagram visualization is chosen, the camera remains perpetually on for the user to focus on a specific diagram. An augmented reality model will float above the corresponding diagrams, which can be clicked on for further enlargement and interaction.

How we built it

Android Studio, Unity, Blender, Google ML-Kit

Challenges we ran into

Developing and integrating 3D Models into the corresponding environments. Merging the Unity and Android Studio mobile applications into a single cohesive interface.

What's next for Stud_Vision

The next step of our mobile application is increasing the database of 3D Models to include a wider variety of keywords. We also aim to be able to integrate with other core scholastic subjects, such as History and Math.

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